Does Chesham and Amersham result show need for progressive alliance?
The New European
- Credit: PA
We asked readers for their views on whether or not the Chesham and Amersham by-election demonstrated the need for a progressive alliance to stop the Tories.
We do but timing is important. Not too far out from the next general election otherwise the Tories will “play their games” with it. It will neuter individual parties. They showed us how to do it effectively when Farage folded the Brexit Party into the Conservatives just before the 2019 election. Meanwhile, we must have a non-aggression pact and vote tactically. Labour for Batley and Spen! Gilli Nobble
It's the only way at present - the left is too fragmented for a single party to win in a first past the post system at present. Looking at the voting demographics of the last decade, that isn't going to change any time soon either. Only an alliance of progressive parties in England will secure the seats required to remove the tory majority. Jack Millard
Yes! Tactical voting helped topple a safe Tory seat. The right has coalesced around a Tory party that has moved to the far right whilst the progressive vote is split. Alliance is the only way to stop the Tories. Martin Newman
It does.. the only way to get these awful Tories out. Swallow your pride and join forces. Andy Hornby
Absolutely, given that we do not have proportional representation. There is one big elephant in the room that we are all fighting against. Other divisive issues are less important by comparison. Tony Price
It shows the need for Labour to get its act together. I understand that the party doesn't put many resources into a by-election that they think they will lose. This has repercussions though for the whole electorate. There is obviously no practical vision for the country that can be a focus for campaigning. Valerie Brice
- 1 Has something shifted in sado-populist Britain?
- 2 Telling the truth is now the only sackable offence
- 3 Boris Johnson: The sado-populist prime minister
- 4 How long can Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi play on?
- 5 Could southern discomfort sink a rebalancing agenda still in its infancy?
- 6 Cost of Brexit is already 38 times more than the money set aside for levelling up
- 7 Could Boris Johnson still use the NHS as leverage in a US trade deal?
- 8 Priti Patel - the poster girl for our poisonous politics
- 9 What I learned by avoiding England and the Euros
- 10 Brexit stripped me of my Britishness
No. The Lib Dems just proved we don't need one. In fact, a pact in C&A against the Tories would have lost. Any anti-Tory pact will alienate soft conservative voters. Robert Jones
The problem with this 'alliance' is the presumption that Labour, Lib Dem and Green voters will just turn out when directed. Many will continue to vote for their party of choice. Richard E Ryan
Doesn’t need a formal pact, just an understanding of where each other’s target seats are. Both the Greens and Labour were campaigning in Chesham and Amersham so don’t make the assumption they stood back because they didn’t. Thankfully their voters were more clued up than they were. Ian Morton
It shows the need for a socialist Labour leader with a manifesto focused on justice, sustainability and equality. Benedict Marshall
Yeah, it's worked in Israel. At present, maybe the only way to get another corrupt populist clown here out too. Nick Dawson
How could it work? Everything is so polarised now, and so many people refuse to tolerate anything which isn't their own opinion.
Even on the left, all the factions are too busy screaming at each other, whilst the Tories just do what the hell they like. Gavin Le Boutillier
What do you think? Have your say on this and more by emailing email@example.com
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.